Philippines Iloilo & Dumaguete
AboutIloilo & Dumaguete
City Population: 425,000 & 125,000
Language: ENGLISH, FILIPINO
Attractions: WORLD CLASS BEACHES, SCUBA DIVING, FESTIVALS, INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that if you visit the Philippines, you will come back a completely different human being. This 7000 island paradise wears a magnificence that will render you speechless.
Be sure to remember that the Philippines are no clone of Thailand as some people believe. The opportunities that are up for offer on these islands are novel, original and intoxicating. Whether it’s the inconceivable landscapes of the Chocolate Hills or the mystical underwater beauty of the Tubbataha reef, boredom is impossible.
Aside from the Philippines’ eye-feasting natural resplendence there is plenty of adventure to be had. Want to sip inexpensive cocktails on the powdery white sands of Boracay? Or maybe you’d prefer to go dolphin and whale-spotting off the coast of Bais City? Whatever your appetite the Philippines has the food to sate it.
By immensely popular demand Work the World have set up not one, but two bases on the islands. One in the city of Dumaguete, the other in Iloilo. Between them these sibling cities express an unimaginably detailed snapshot of the life changing experience that is the Philippines.
In every Work the World house we employ a team of staff from the community. We really value their knowledge and understanding of the local area and encourage them to combine this with the high level of training we provide to give the best possible support and advice to our students.
Our teams in Iloilo and Dumaguete are headed up by Mishie Nolasco and they are available 24/7, with a caterer and housekeeper to keep everyone well fed and happy. Meals are included, with specific dietary requests catered for, and the kitchen is always open for snacks and fresh drinking water.
For most of our students, barbecue night is the highlight of the week – a true seafood extravaganza cooked up Filipino style.Read more about our staff
Accommodation & free time
Each of our Work the World destinations has a safe, secure private house for our students to live in. Our houses in Iloilo and Dumaguete are perfectly situated in a quiet residential areas but with incredibly easy access to the best the city has to offer - an oasis of calm!
There are large bedrooms and comfortable communal areas where you can relax. For many of our students this is one of the best parts of the programme, giving you the chance to socialize with other international healthcare students and discuss not just healthcare in the Philippines, but all over the world.
We also provide free local language lessons – although many people in the community speak English, understanding the basics of the local dialect will help you with patients from more remote communities.What else is included?
Working with our partner hospitals
It is incredibly important to us that there is a bilateral benefit in our placements. In addition to standard student fees which we donate to the hospitals, we recognise and reward individual supervisors and wards as well as make donations to specific departments.
In 2013, Work the World donated over $250,000 to our partner hospitals around the globe.Read some frequently asked questions
My time in Dumaguete was inspirational and absolutely life changing.
Cristina Parenti, University of Birmingham 2014Read More
I came back from the trip of a lifetime in the Philippines where I made tonnes of amazing memories which will stay with me forever
Helen Harbon, Sheffield Hallam Univeristy 2014Read More
...the Pharmacy Department was completely different than what I was used to in the United States
Jessica Norman, University of Wisconsin 2014Read More